How She-Ra is Saving Kids in Real Life

She-Ra: Princess of Power

She-Ra: Princess of Power

Laney Havens, Staff Reporter

Characters such as She-Ra and Bow, from the Netflix She-Ra reboot, save the day on TV and in real life. Their representation of the LGBTQ+ community, ethnic diversity, and home life create comfort characters for children and teens to relate and look up to.  

Here’s a very dumbed-down summary of the show: In She-Ra, the main character Adora leaves her home in the Horde, realizes the Horde is brutal and power-hungry, and finds a sword in the woods. This sword transforms Adora into She-Ra, a powerful fighter with the ability to destroy the armies of her (now enemy) the Horde.  

One of the greatest aspects of this kids’ show is the diversity of characters. Adora has a love interest named Catra who was her childhood friend, then became her enemy, because Catra wanted to stay with the Horde. This established Catra as Adora’s enemy. They then progress through an enemies-to-lovers plot, and by the last episode, they (finally) kiss. Why is this a big deal? Well, Catra and Adora are both girls. Girls who like each other. Like, romantically. 

This is something I never saw growing up. As a lesbian, I was always saddened by the lack of happy lesbian couples to look up to and think, “hey, that could be me one day.” There were plenty of straight couples for my classmates to look up to. Many adults would say that we shouldn’t be shown gay couples, because they might “turn us gay.”  

Take a second to imagine how confusing and scary it was being a 12-year-old girl questioning her sexuality and seeing numerous people saying that gay couples shouldn’t be shown on TV because it would “influence” their children. Imagine having to keep a part of yourself secret, and overhearing your relatives hushed voices discussing how bad it was that your cousin was adopting a child with her wife.  

She-Ra was the first show that I could watch that made me feel like there were people that wanted people like me to be happy in my relationship, whether it was with a man or woman. And this show not only had the developing love story of  Catra and Adora, but also the happily married wives Spinnerella and Netossa (yes, they have silly names because it’s a kids’ show). Besides them, one of the main characters Bow had two happily married dads.  

There is also a nonbinary character with they/them pronouns, which young children aren’t typically exposed to, and to add to the diversity, there is a character named Entrapta who is on the Autism spectrum and is shown in a positive and de-stigmatizing light.  

When kids don’t see any positive representation regarding diverse sexuality, gender, or family structures, these kids can be afraid to face their own identities. It’s shows like these that make children feel safe and understood if they’re questioning their identity, and it educates others on how to be empathetic and understanding so that they don’t shun those that are different from themselves. She-Ra shows diversity to young children and normalizes what is, well, normal.